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MARTIN MARIETTA, LOCKHEED JOIN ON NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM PROGRAM COMPETITION

 MARTIN MARIETTA, LOCKHEED JOIN ON NATIONAL MISSILE
 DEFENSE SYSTEM PROGRAM COMPETITION
 ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Martin Marietta Corporation and Lockheed Corporation have joined to compete for a contract to develop the Strategic Defense Initiative's National Missile Defense System Ground Based Interceptor program.
 Initiated by the 1991 National Missile Defense Act, the program calls for deployment, as early as 1996, of 100 ground-based interceptors capable of distinguishing and destroying ballistic missile warheads in space. The program is part of the nation's Global Protection Against Limited Strikes effort. The U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command is managing the program for the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, and the system would be deployed at Grand Forks, N.D.
 Martin Marietta Electronics, Information & Missiles Group, as prime contractor, will perform work on the program at Orlando, Fla. Lockheed, as principal subcontractor, will conduct its work at Sunnyvale, Calif.
 "Martin Marietta and Lockheed bring an outstanding blend of high- technology capabilities and experience to the ground-based interceptor program," said Allan M. Norton, president of the corporation's Electronics, Information & Missiles Group.
 Martin Marietta has been involved in ballistic missile defense since the 1960s when it was prime contractor for the SPRINT missile, which scored 30 successful test flights. The company currently is active in several SDI programs, including the Space Based Interceptor, Brilliant Pebbles, Brilliant Eyes and the Exoatmospheric/Endoatmospheric Interceptor. Martin Marietta also is one of three contractors selected to design and test the concept for the Ground Based Interceptor space kill vehicle.
 Lockheed brings extensive experience with strategic systems such as the Navy's Fleet Ballistic Missile Program and a number of ballistic missile defense programs, including the Homing Overlay Experiment and Exoatmospheric Reentry vehicle Interceptor Subsystem, during which it achieved the only successful kinetic intercept of a mock reentry vehicle in space.
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